They are the two biggest ships in the mixed martial arts sea, and their paths will never truly cross without massive changes to how the sport does business.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator MMA house a majority of the top fighters in MMA, from Demetrious Johnson, Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes to Douglas Lima, Michael Chandler, Patricio Freire and Darrion Caldwell. In terms of intriguing head-to-head matchmaking, the scenarios are virtually endless, be it champion-versus-champion, contender-versus-contender, legend-versus-legend or prospect-versus-prospect. For now, it all remains wishful thinking.
The latest installment in the Sherdog Top 10 series focuses on the most compelling hypothetical crossover fights between the two rival promotions.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, Luke Rockhold vs. Gegard Mousasi, Robbie Lawler vs. Andrey Koreshkov, Max Holloway vs. Patricio Freire, Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Chandler, Valentina Shevchenko vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Michael Bisping vs. Gegard Mousasi, T.J. Dillashaw vs. Darrion Caldwell, Frankie Edgar vs. Patricio Freire, Robbie Lawler vs. Paul Daley, Daniel Cormier vs. Ryan Bader, Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar, Georges St. Pierre vs. Michael Page, Dominick Cruz vs. Darrion Caldwell, Georges St. Pierre vs. Rory MacDonald, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Chandler, Tyron Woodley vs. Michael Page, Carlos Condit vs. Paul Daley, Daniel Cormier vs. Muhammed Lawal, Stephen Thompson vs. Douglas Lima, Donald Cerrone vs. Michael Chandler, Daniel Cormier vs. Phil Davis, Tyron Woodley vs. Andrey Koreshkov, Kevin Lee vs. Michael Chandler, T.J. Dillashaw vs. Eduardo Dantas, Cody Garbrandt vs. Darrion Caldwell, Yoel Romero vs. Gegard Mousasi, Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley, Robert Whittaker vs. Rafael Carvalho, Cody Garbrandt vs. Eduardo Dantas, Jorge Masvidal vs. Douglas Lima
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